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Small Animal Imaging Facility Services
- Provides state-of-the-art small animal MR imaging capabilities (a Bruker 7T horizontal bore system and a Bruker 9.4T vertical bore system), high anatomic resolution and versatile performance. A choice of 10 dedicated animal coils (four wrap-around body coils and six surface coils) and four animal beds allows for imaging in optimum conditions.
- Possible support includes experimental design, equipment and pulse sequence development for innovative MRI imaging and processing and interpreting the acquired MRI data.
The system can produce full 3D images of tracers over a field of view sufficient to accommodate the full body of a mouse and most of a rat.
Supporting both bioluminescence and fluorescence, this system has high throughput (five mice with 23 cm field of view), high resolution (up to 20 microns with 3.9 cm field of view) and is easy to operate. Full 3D imaging is difficult to achieve due to light scattering and absorption, but some degree of 3D information can be obtained
The wide range of applications includes high-resolution anatomic imaging, Doppler blood flow measurements, 3D-mode imaging and volume analysis.
The regular NMR spectrometer is equipped with a full capacity microimaging accessory with six coils (5 mm to 30 mm in diameter), allowing for imaging of fixed samples with optimum resolution.